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GMCH begins disciplinary action against top official

Vishav Bharti , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, July 17, 2014
First Published: 15:42 IST(17/7/2014) | Last Updated: 15:45 IST(17/7/2014)

The director of Government Medical College & Hospital, Sector 32, Dr Atul Sachdev, has initiated disciplinary proceedings against a hospital official who was under the scanner in the so-called “ghost employees” scam at the hospital.

Sachdev stated an office superintendent of GMCH’s establishment branch, Harjit Singh, who he said, was hand in glove with a recruitment agency hired by the hospital, had been issued a charge sheet.

The GMCH administration roped in a Faridabad firm, Shree Shyam Enterprises, in May 2010, to provide general service personnel, including ward attendants, watchmen, gardeners, cooks and mortuary attendants, for a period of three years. However, the agency provided only one-half of the staff required by the hospital. However, the company continued to debiting salaries of the rest of the employees, who did not exist, from fake bank accounts using forged papers.

HT had highlighted these financial irregularities in a series of stories published in February and March. Even after the issue was brought to the notice of GMCH administration officials, including its director, Harjit took no action against the recruitment agency and also refused to provide details related to the hospital’s contractual employees under the Right to Information Act. Other top hospital officials, who were the appellant authority under the RTI Act, also ignored the matter.

Earlier, the regional office of the Employee’s Provident Front had imposed a penalty of ? 20 lakh on the GMCH administration as the recruitment agency hired by the hospital had failed to deposit the provident funds of the workers it had provided to the hospital. The GMCH administration has now initiated action against Harjit for the financial irregularities.

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